According to the Associated Press:

 ”Contact has been established with kidnapped Italian priest Giancarlo Bossi, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said . But Esperon refused to identify who had spoken with the 57-year-old missionary from Milan. 

He said troops were open to negotiations, but ruled out payment of ransom would as per government policy.

Bossi’s fellow Italian priests in the southern Philippines from the Rome-based Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions have said they have not been contacted by the abductors.

Italy said it was sending Margherita Boniver, a prominent lawmaker and veteran of several humanitarian missions, to the Philippines on Tuesday to help work for Bossi’s release.

(As to this day PIME-Regional House in Zamboanga hasn’t received a single “proof of life” from the abductors of father Giancarlo Bossi)